Authorities said ten people believed to have died of COVIDa-19 were abandoned by the Ganges in northern India.
The pandemic is spreading rapidly in rural India, with hospitals, crematoriums and cemeteries everywhere.
Local official Ashok Kumar said the river flooded about 40 bodies in the Buksaru district near the border of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, the two Indian states being the poorest states.
Kumar told the French press: “We have ordered the officials there to take care of the body, bury it or burn it.”
Some media wrote that there may be a hundred corpses.
The same source also mentioned other officials who said that some of the bodies were inflated and partially burned, most likely spent a few days in the river.
Residents told AFP that these bodies may have been thrown into the river due to overcrowding in the crematorium. Families could not buy cremated firewood on the funeral pile.
“It really scares us,” Kameshwar Pandey said.
Official statistics show that about 4,000 people die of communists in India every day. To date, epidemics in the region have killed nearly 250,000 people.
Many experts take the data obtained from the crematorium as an example, and estimate that these figures are underestimated.
As the epidemic has spread from big cities to rural areas with sparse and poorly updated hospitals, the number of casualties not included in the statistics is particularly high.